This was the USSR’s answer to the design in the US of fast, high- flying aircraft as the B-70,
F-108 and SR-71. The MiG-25 Fighter lacked technological refinement, but its performance caused much concern in the west. It was designed to function both as long- range interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft (which in the Middle-East proved invulnerable to the Israeli F-4 Phantom IIs) The center fuselage is a big, welded steel fuel tank, so avionics, radar or cameras are in the nose. Speed is limited to Mach 2.83 mainly by controllability problems.
Main versions are the Mig-25P fighter, the upgraded MiG-25PD fighter, the MiG-25R reconnaissance aircraft, the MiG-25RB ’Foxbat-B’ dual-role reconnaissance aircraft and tactical bomber, and the MiG-25BM ’Foxbat-F’defence suppression aircraft. There are two-seat trainer versions of both the fighter and the reconnaissance version. Production of the fighter ended in 1983. The MiG-25 Fighter saw combat in several wars in the Middle East. Over 1200 have been built, of which about 75% were interceptors.
MiG-25RB Foxbat-B Fighter